University of Wisconsin – Madison announced it will begin offering free tuition and fees to state residents from families with incomes below $56,000 beginning this fall. (Books, housing and living expenses are excluded from the new program — but not that we’re going to complain about that!)
UW Madison expects to admit roughly 800 students under this program at a cost of about $3.3 million this year. Of that amount, $825,000 will be covered by the university and the rest will be covered by private donors. So no Wisconsin taxpayer funds are to be used according to University of Wisconsin’s Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
That’s great. But it’s wrong to say that the funds don’t come from the taxpayers even if technically correct. UW Madison wouldn’t have two dimes to rub together if it wasn’t for the taxpayers and that’s why I believe all fund money designated or general is state money as much as state park revenue is state money.